General Orders, No. 1 (Virginia Forces)

April 23, 1861

On April 23, 1861, Major General Robert E. Lee issued General Orders, No.1 announcing that he was assuming command of the military and naval forces of Virginia.

Portrait of Robert E. Lee

On April 23, 1861, Major General Robert E. Lee issued General Orders, No.1 announcing that he was assuming command of the military and naval forces of Virginia. [Wikimedia Commons]

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General Orders, No.1

Headquarters,
Richmond, Va., April
 23, 1861

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In obedience to orders from his excellency John Letcher, governor of the State, Maj. Gen. Robert E. Lee assumes command of the military and naval forces of Virginia.

R.E. Lee
Major-General
.

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  • Article Title General Orders, No. 1 (Virginia Forces)
  • Coverage April 23, 1861
  • Author
  • Keywords Robert E. Lee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date December 4, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 5, 2022

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